Sari Hands PLC December 2013 Newsletter!
        OTR/L, RCST®
Sari loves to help facilitate your Wellness and Quality of Life through a variety of gentle manual therapy techniques (including Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release) to help calm your tissues and nervous system.
Sari graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. After completing clinical internships in NY and CA, she settled in Arizona to begin over a decade of specialization in hand and upper extremity therapy, followed by several years working for
Medtronic and Empi selling
electrotherapy products.
(TENS and muscle stimulators)
In 1997, she returned to her true love of patient care and began studies with the International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (The Upledger Institute) and the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) where she completed over 1000 hours of training in Biomechanical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and obtained Diplomate certification as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist. (RCST®)  Sari also
has additional training using Craniosacral Therapy with newborns and infants.

Sari has has participated as a Teaching Assistant for multiple Craniosacral Therapy courses, including International courses in Kiental Switzerland in May
of 2012 and 2013
Sari delights in focusing attention on patient care in her North Scottsdale office, Sari Hands PLC, where she works with a diverse caseload, ranging from birth throughout adulthood.  She is also a contributing writer to online and print publications. 

Sari is a fitness enthusiast and a 'foodie', who loves to combine beautiful, fresh ingredients in delicious and healthy ways!

She serves on the Board of The Harp Foundation, supporting the use of live therapeutic harp music in healthcare settings.

CRAVE Phoenix
Sari Hands PLC will continue to honor CRAVE Phoenix discounts through the end of 2013.  Sari made professional connections and new friends through her participation in the inaugural edition of the CRAVE Phoenix book.

December 2013 Newsletter

A Gentle Space for Your Heart to Rest

In preparing for my recent presentation to the Cardiac Support Group, I relied on a variety of resources.
According to
Heart Math:
  • In fetal development, the heart is the first organ of the body, forming before the brain
  • The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart
  • There is intelligence in the nervous system
  • Electromagnetic fields change with emotions and can be felt several feet away from the body
  • Hearts and nervous systems can sync with others
  • Positive emotions lead to positive physiology in the body
  • Using imagery is helpful in improving physiology and calming the nervous system
  • Positive emotions lead to increased creativity and decision-making
  • Coherence brings the heart and brain into harmony through the emotions of hope, appreciation, care and compassion
Craniosacral Therapy helps the heart and nervous system communicate through slowing and stillness.  In this slow pace, the system softens and balances.  

We have several domed diaphragms in our bodies.  The most familiar is the Respiratory diaphragm, which is the most important midpoint structure of the body.  The physical heart sits on the central tendon of the diaphragm with the the pericardial sac surrounding the heart firmly attached to the diaphragm. The respiratory diaphragm moves and affects the spinal cord through the ribs from the mid to lower spine.  

“Energetically speaking, you cannot get the brain in the right place until you get the heart in the right place. And the heart cannot be in the right place if the sacrum is not in the right place." Hugh Milne
The two most noticeable rhythms in our bodies are breath and heartbeat.
The Cranial Wave is a discreet, subtle rhythm in the body palpated through very light touch.
Our physical bodies are dense, affected by posture, mood, stress and energy levels. Compression in our fluid body needs assistance to decompress and normalize.  
As  the slow rhythm of Primary Respiration changes phases from expansion to contraction, the therapist and client become attuned to a slow, calm nervous system.
  • The blood in the heart has a basic function of connection between the stillness and the motion of the heart.    
  • Stillness is deepened by paying attention to the movement of the heart. It's a living and ever-changing relationship!
Stillness is the natural state of wisdom and clarity. For the optimal health of our nervous systems and bodies, we need to take time to slow and still.
Sense your fluid body, like a jellyfish or the seaweed of your inner body.  “Disappear” your organs, bones, tissues.  Imagine that you are fluid, surrounded by fluid.
Wait for a sense of flowing, slowing and stillness.  Use the dynamic stillness of nature, imagining the wind that creates the waves of the ocean.  Your diaphragm is just a wave.
Every pore of your skin has an eye looking into your heart.
“The truth at the core of our work is preciousness” Jealous
Wishing you a Heart-Centered Season!

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